Netherlands eases lockdown as coronavirus infections fall

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The Netherlands will ease its coronavirus lockdown measures slightly this week as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations has eased pressure on hospitals, health minister Hugo de Jonge said.

Amusement parks and zoos will be allowed to reopen as of Wednesday, while outdoor service at bars and restaurants will be extended by two hours until 8 PM.

Next steps to ease the lockdown are expected in the coming three weeks, De Jonge said. 

Photo: A view of an almost empty shopping street in the center of Haarlem, the Netherlands. EPA-EFE/REMKO DE WAAL